At the beginning of the school year, Mayville School holds elections in classes 1-6 to choose two school councillors to represent each class on the School Council.
The elected councillors are usually taken to the Houses of Parliament to see ‘Democracy in Action’ and learn how they should represent their own ‘constituencies’.
Leadership Team Visiting 'Houses of Parliament.'
Meeting our local MP John Cryer
Councillors meet once a week to discuss matters and projects both in and out of school. They take issues to and from their classes for ideas and suggestions.
In previous years, the School Council have taken part in ‘Make a Difference Challenge,’ raising funds and campaigning against real bearskins being used for soldiers’ helmets and to help stray dogs and Battersea Dogs’ Home.
Children enjoying our new exercise park that the leadership picked for the playground
This year, the School Council have already organised activities on ‘Children in Need Day,’ for which they raised over £800 and are now involved with UNICEF; undertaking their ‘Day for Change’ and other fund-raising for children who are living in need, in places like Syria.
Children receiving their leadership badges.
The school has also joined with an organisation called ‘Free the Children’ who are working with the Mayor of London to encourage young people to volunteer – becoming ‘Young London Ambassadors’. At present, school councillors are leading this and we are working with the Salvation Army to support local people who are ‘struggling’ and with Councillors from Waltham Forest to tackle issues that children have with local safety and well-being.
Leadership Team Playing in the school's 'Friendship room' which they raised money for from their
event 'Friendship Friday'
All this is on top of councillors taking issues, which children are concerned about in school to the head teacher, Ms Russell or other staff members. Their latest success is to have successfully lobbied for new play equipment, which Ms Russell and the governors have happily seen provided.
We are once again entering the House of Commons, Speaker’s Award for School Councils this year.